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November 15, 2014
CMS extends November 15 deadline for "contributing entities" to submit their 2014 enrollment counts for the transitional reinsurance program contributions.
Client Alert
November 3, 2014
Late Friday afternoon (October 31, 2014), the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will not be enforcing the regulations relating to unique health plan identifiers (HPIDs) until further notice. The enforcement delay applies to all HIPAA-covered entities, including health plans.
Client Alert
October 29, 2014

California is now the second state in the country to pass a statewide paid sick leave law. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (the “Act”) requires nearly every employer in the state to provide its employees with one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 24 hours per year. The Act’s benefit entitlement provision takes effect July 1, 2015, although some provisions arguably take effect sooner.

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October 23, 2014
Client Alert
August 15, 2014

Last Friday, the President signed the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (“HATFA”) into law. HATFA extends the interest rate smoothing provisions applicable to defined benefit pension plans that were originally found in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 (“MAP 21”). HATFA requires non-governmental sponsors of single- and multiple-employer defined benefit pension plans to take immediate action.

Client Alert
July 31, 2014
In May, the IRS announced that it had launched an audit initiative to gauge compliance with the rules for nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A. Yesterday, we participated in a national conference with the IRS where IRS agents provided their unofficial opinions regarding the focus and applicability of the Initiative as well as other relevant matters under Code Section 409A. To learn what we learned, please read our client alert.
Client Alert
July 1, 2014

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, closely-held for-profit corporations are not required to pay for contraceptives if doing so would violate the corporation’s sincerely held religious beliefs. For more information on the major parts of the decision and its impact on employers, please read our client alert.

Client Alert
June 26, 2014
On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, a case involving an ESOP fiduciary’s duties in deciding to sell or hold employer stock in an ESOP. For additional information, please read our client alert.
Client Alert
June 20, 2014
April 21, 2014
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